Obama's Nuclear Policy: The World Reacts

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    Obama's nuclear policy: The world reacts - The Week

    The president's efforts to scale back the world's nuclear arms ambitions continued today as he signed a new nuclear arms deal with the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which Obama called a "milestone for U.S.-Russia relations," will slash both countries' nuclear arsenals by a third, pending approval by the U.S. Senate. American commentators were split over Obama's new, less bellicose nuclear policy — including his pledge not to use nukes against non-nuclear states that have signed the Non-Proliferation Agreement — and worldwide reaction was just as divided. Here's a brief round-up:

    IRAN
    The U.S. president is a "cowboy," said Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, quoted in the Tehran Times, comparing Obama to George W. Bush. "If Obama intends to follow in Bush’s footsteps, the [global] nations’ response will be the same crushing response they gave to Bush," he said, adding that the President was a "novice" whose policies were dictated by "Zionists."
    "Ahmadinejad warns Obama not to follow Bush’s path"

    CHINA
    China applauded Obama's move, reports Yang Yang in Xinhua. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu noted the "new expressions" in this review, and added that it was vital for Obama to "make drastic reductions in its nuclear weapon arsenal in an irreversible way and further lessen the role of nuclear weapons for its national security." China has already pledged to keep its nuclear arsenal "at the lowest level needed for national security."
    "China says U.S. nuke weapons reductions important for int'l disarmament"

    UNITED KINGDOM
    Obama's move doesn't go far enough, says an editorial in The Guardian. The assurance that the U.S. won't attack non-nuclear states with atomic weapons is "hedged with caveats." Obama's Nobel Prize win came in part because of his stated ambition to create a nuclear-free world. "That reflection has been dimmed by the many detailed concessions" to the U.S. military in this review.
    "U.S. nuclear review: Poor posture"

    RUSSIA
    "Obama's new arms control policy is a clear step in the right direction," says Andrei Fedyashin in RIA Novosti. The "courageous new provisions" in his policy review are evidence that the U.S. president has the "guts" to take on Republican opposition over national security. Critics who say it doesn't go far enough should consider that such "nuclear radicalism" would almost certainly doom START in the U.S. Senate. At very least, this move makes the nuclear button "slightly harder to reach."
    "The evolution of Barack Obama's nuclear policy"

    PAKISTAN
    Both Obama's nuclear policy and START are "more cosmetic than anything else," says Shireen M Mazari in The Nation. This deal will leave the U.S. and Russia "way ahead of the rest of the world in terms of nuclear weapons." Not only that, but the U.S. continues to allow India and Israel to develop nuclear technology, thus "undermining the Non-Proliferation Treaty." Does Obama "really regard the rest of the world as downright foolish?"
     
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    When was the last time we had a nuclear-free world?

    1944?

    Does Obama want a "nuclear-free world" so world powers can start slaughtering each other with conventional weapons again?
     
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    As nice as it is to get rid of these things, you only need a few to destroy or severely harm the world
     
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    It's hard to believe that we have such low class commandeering the white house.
     
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    YEah, we get it, in the wingnuts world, class is being violent and killing many people.
     
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    You can hear the laughter from Iran, Russia and China as the Rube in Chief dismantles our defenses
     
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    I'd argue that nuclear weapons have prevented more killing than any other single factor during the 20th century. They are the reason World War II was the last world war.
     
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    Good point. And he's not getting rid of them completely, so the deterrent is still there.
     
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    Why are facts always so cruel to Libruls?
     
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    As long as we have enough nuclear warheads to blanket any nation that would consider starting a massive conventional war, we're good. Anything beyond that is wastefully excessive.
     

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